State brings in sandbags to prepare for potential lake flooding

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IRONDEQUOIT, NY (WROC) — Preparations for potential flooding continue on Lake Ontario Wednesday as more than 200,000 sandbags were handed out by the state.

The state was helping local towns prepare by filling sandbags, with help from inmates, along the shoreline.

The sandbags are to help prevent further erosion. While it won’t stop rising waters, it can support break walls. As far as helping those that might see the damage, the state will be ready.

“We will have representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services on location to assess damages as the flood happens,” said Michael Kopy, Governor’s Office Director of Emergency Management. “We are not going to wait until the flood is over. We’re going to be here on the ground to assist homeowners.”

Thousands of pumps are set up along the shoreline along with aquadams that will help prevent erosion.

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